6 Tips For Organizing Your Novel Editing

6 Tips for How to Organize Your Novel’s Edits

Imagine this: you’ve received a ton of great feedback from your beta readers, critique partners, and/or editors. I mean a ton. You’re ready to dive in and start putting their suggestions to use. But… where do you start? How can you organize your novel’s edits so you can actually make sense of them? One of the reasons […]

Your NaNo Novel Is a Hot Mess How to Edit Your Book

Your NaNo Novel Is a Hot Mess! How to Edit Your Book

Yay, you wrote a book! Now what are you supposed to do with it? Writing a manuscript often feels like a sprint to a finish line–but then you reach that finish line, only to realize it’s really just the beginning! In many ways, completing a first draft is the easy part of the writing (what? no! […]

How I Self-Edit My Novels: 15 Steps From First Draft to Publication

E. B. White declared, “The best writing is rewriting.” In other words, the best writing is editing. We find all kinds of info on how to write. But editing can be a little more slippery. Basically, this is because good editing skills are no different from good writing skills. If you know how to write a good plot, you’ll […]

The Importance of Professional Editing

I have been a ghost writer online since 2003, and a professional editor on and off since before 1980, so you might want to consider this article on how editing is very important for book authors. In fact, it’s also about how editing is important to ghost writers–many ghosts make their “main money” from book editing, so a lot of […]

Improve Your Editing by Writing Yourself a Bad Review

We all hate the critic in our heads. You know the one—talks with a nasal accent, uses words like “deluded numbskull” and “insufferable incompetent,” and never fails to announce that your latest story is tripe. This critic of ours never seems to have a good word to say and is always running us down. So, […]

10 Steps for Working Past the "This Stinks" Blues

10 Steps for Working Past the “This Stinks” Blues

You’ve spent months laboring over your manuscript. Long nights, early mornings, blood, sweat, tears—the whole ball of wax. This story is your darling. The words are more than just words; they’re the outbreathings of your soul. Sounds like a fairy tale—every writer’s dream come true—until one morning you boot up your computer, glance through the […]

7 Tips for Editing Your Way to the Best Story on the Planet

7 Tips for Editing Your Way to the Best Story on the Planet

I’ve decided to give myself the week off. Instead of today’s regular post, I hope you’ll enjoy the following collection of posts on the all-important topic of editing. With National Novel Writing Month winding down, I’m sure many of you are itching to start refining those rough drafts. Below, you’ll find some tips on general […]

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The 6 Best Ways to Rewrite Your Book

Everybody who loves to rewrite your book, raise your hand! No takers? Yeah, that’s pretty much what I thought. In my experience of ten novels and hundreds of short stories, rewriting ranks way at the bottom of the writing process–somewhere down there with paper cuts and insomnia. By the time you finish your beautiful story, all you […]